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7/7/11 Functionalist Perspectives on  Stratification
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7/7/11 Kingsley Davis and Wilbert Moore’s Theory of All social systems need stratification. It functions to ensure that important positions are filled. Rewards include money and prestige and are based on the position’s functional importance to society.
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7/7/11 Certain positions are more important to a society’s survival than others and they require special skills. Only limited numbers of people have the ability to perform well in these positions. The positions require extensive training and education. More valuable positions are less “fun”
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7/7/11 Result: Stratification is an institutional structure that is functionally necessary for the existence of society. Inequality is inevitable and necessary in order to ensure that the most important positions are filled.
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7/7/11 Problems and Assumptions? Do you agree with the theory?
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